Spring arrives one month from today. Hurrah!
As y’all know, I freelance for a neighborhood paper produced down here by the Boerne Star. This article appeared earlier this month. I have so much admiration for Peggy Spring’s work that I wanted to share it with you guys, too.
Peggy Spring, education coordinator for northern San Antonio’s natural areas, oversees community outreach for three area parks: Friedrich Wilderness Park, Eisenhower Park, and Crownridge Canyon Park.
“Our main hub is Friedrich. We have 700 acres here with trails and the classroom building. We’re set to add five more miles of trails this year. Over at Eisenhower, we’ve got 300 acres, a pavilion, playground and trails. At Crownridge, we have 200 acres, trails and a pavilion.”
Spring’s task is to connect young urban and suburban dwellers to the wilderness areas in hopes of sparking a community commitment to conservation. To that end, she oversees summer camps, weekend talks, and weekday classes.
Attendance at all of the activities has been brisk per Spring. A team of 40 volunteers assists her in running the classes and camps. “Some of the volunteers are very specialized and only come out to work with certain topics or specific programs. We have initial training and continuing education for all of them.”
Although Spring and her volunteers do occasionally do off-sight presentations in the community, she said that her office’s main purpose is to “bring people out to the park.” Continue reading